Peace

By Garrett Vickrey Colossians 1:13 Terrible things have happened throughout history in December. Enron collapsed a decade ago, shedding light on corruption on Wall Street. Bernie Madoff was arrested—same story. The Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 killed over 200,000 people the day after Christmas. Just two years ago a 20 year-old kid with a machine gun…

Hope

By Glen Schmucker Psalm 62:1-2, 5-7 One year, during Advent, Nancy was digging through some digging and came across a little box my father passed along to me after my mother died. Inside the box, among other things, was my first pair of shoes. In that it was Advent, seeing those shoes and thinking of…

Hope

By Ellen Di Giosia Romans 8:18-25 Hope is a fickle thing. It seemed easy enough as a child – hope for good grades, hope for a new bike on my birthday, hope for a limitless future. Would I be a journalist? An actress? A teacher? I had no trouble imagining any of these to be…

Hope

By Cameron Vickrey Isaiah 40:31 I am reading a novel right now set in the 1960s (Ken Follett, Edge of Eternity). What a volatile time to live! Life was unsure; violence was everywhere. JKF, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin wall, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy. As I read, I catch myself thinking, “Thank God it’s…

Hope

By George Cowden Jeremiah 29:11-13 I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find…

Hope

By Randy Blanton Psalm 63:1-8 There is much to be said for hope. Consider the seeker of Psalm 63:1-8. The sacred Scripture recorded the Psalmist’s intense desire for God in very vivid terms. My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Note…

Hope

By Bridgette Langford Isaiah 7:14 When I was 13 years old I was worried about being accepted by my peers. Mary, the mother of Jesus, had other priorities. We know from biblical accounts that by this age she found favor with God. I can only imagine the many emotions that the young teenage Mary may…

Hope

By Garrett Vickrey Colossians 1:3‐6 It was dark and freezing. And I was covered in tree sap. There we were on the front lawn of the church keeping watch over Christmas trees by night in mid-city Charlotte, NC. For a few years when I was a minister at a church in Charlotte we did a…

Banking

By Glen Schmucker It’s time to do some banking today. The nice thing is that I don’t have to take time out of my schedule to go to the bank. I can do it all with my smart phone. I’ll take a picture of the checks, tap a button and it’s done. That’s not including…

The Blood Moon Temptation

By Garrett Vickrey Pastor John Hagee has just announced to his San Antonio congregation (and worldwide audience) that there will be a world-shaking event sometime between this April and October 2015. Yes, that’s correct. He is predicting that sometime within the next year and a half a significant event will happen somewhere in the world.…